Bruges > Amsterdam: Where to Go?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2013 11:41 AM Last Post By: arizona
Sep 27, 2013 2:27 AM
Bruges > Amsterdam: Where to Go?We are travelling by car from the UK over 8 nights between Bruges (Ferry to Calais) and Amsterdam (Ferry from Rotterdam) at the end of October. We have booked the first 2 nights in Bruges and the last 2 nights in Amsterdam, but we need recommendations of where to go in between. We would only like to travel sensible distances of around 2-2.5 hours per day. Places we have considered are Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Eindhoven, but we are just guessing? Does anyone have any must visit suggestions around that route? Many Thanks.
Sep 27, 2013 2:45 AM
Sep 27, 2013 5:26 AM
- 8 days
- 2-2.5 hours a day driving
- start Bruges: finish Rotterdam
This is an interesting situation where the poster is over-estimating distances (non-Europeans tend to underestimate distances). If we conservatively translate driving time into 100km/hour on expressways, then 4-6 days' series of jumps makes just about anywhere in Belgium/Netherlands and broad surrounding areas accessible.
Result: the driving limitation isn't very limiting.
Liberat mentions candidates just around Brugge (aka Bruges). Do that and half your time will be used up and you are not even out of Belgium yet.
As another example, if you considered going to Cologne, then that could send you through Aachen and/or Maastricht. Getting back to Amsterdam/Rotterdam ... options in abundance.
Question: do you visualize taking a trip with the 2-2.5 hr "jumps" to a city where you stay for X days? Or can you see yourself driving every day, visiting more places? Or one base and touring the surrounding region each day?
Sep 27, 2013 8:29 AM
3Agree about Maastricht and Aachen. If you're travelling on a weekday to Europoort for North Sea Ferries (which is well signed from the N15 - I think it is junction 10) allow for the fact that the A15 / N15 is very busy especially between about Gorinchem and Maasluis though you will be unlucky if traffic actually grinds to a stop.
From Aachen, in addition to Bonn / Cologne (and if you go there think about going on the train - a NordRhein Westfalen ticket at the station will cover you for the day including any local buses and trams in all 3 cities and you won't have the hassle of finding parking, driving in another strange city etc) check out the Ahr valley south west of Bonn, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours drive from Aachen city centre - and especially the local red wine from Europe's most northerly red grape vineyards!
Sep 28, 2013 8:28 AM
4Brugge-Amsterdam can be driven in 1 day without a problem.
From Brugge, you can visit Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels without trouble. It's even better to leave the car aside and take the train.
From Amsterdam, you can visit Haarlem, Delft The Hague, Utrecht, to name a few. All in all enough to keep you busy for 8 days.
If you would like to visit something else than a city, try the region around the Dutch city Maastricht or one of the other Eastern provinces (including Drente, Overijssel and Friesland). Or maybe just across the border in Germany. Beautiful nature over there. Friesland may look very far away, but it's only a 2 hours drive to Amsterdam via the Afsluitdijk (dyke that connects North East and West of NL through a highway).
Sep 28, 2013 11:09 AM
5Take an extra day in Bruges and do a guided tour of WW1 sites like Passchendaele and Ypres.
I also like the watery areas of southern Netherlands. I had to stay in Brielle fora few weeksfor work once and thought it was a geat wee as well as exploring Zeeland which most people drive quickly through.
Sep 28, 2013 11:41 AM
6Since you´ll have a car it´s an ideal opportunity to visit ´off-the-beaten-track´ destinations like the storm surge barrier, right on the way.
But first more about your wish-list please.
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